Although -next 0rder- also undersold compared to Re:Digitize, (85,817 copies) the PSP's install base was much greater than that of the Vita's. At Re:Digitize's launch in July 2012, between 15 million and 19 million PlayStation Portables had been sold in Japan, while at -next 0rder-'s only 4 million Vitas had been sold in the country. With these numbers in mind, it's natural that -next 0rder- would undersell its PSP predecessor.
Underselling Sleuth is harder to dismiss. Despite a strong continuous promotional campaign since its original announcement late last July, consumer interest in -next 0rder- may have been dampened by the game's moderately lower review scores compared to Sleuth, and its smaller playable roster. -next 0rder- received a 33/40 in Famitsu magazine versus Sleuth's 34/40, and consumer review sites have consistently rated it lower than Sleuth, presently 3.5/5 on Amazon versus Sleuth's 4/5, and 82.9 on Wazap! versus 87.3. 4Gamer's lone user review gave the game a 60/100, while Sleuth holds a 69/100. Only a small number of users have ranked or reviewed -next 0rder- thus far, but the number of stars a game has does a lot for its public perception regardless of the ranking's overall accuracy.
|Dukemon Crimson Mode, the last Digimon in -next 0rder-.|
The speculation was in part fueled by the game being billed as having "over 200 Digimon," a statement which had also been made word-for-word in Cyber Sleuth's later trailers. As it turns out, -next 0rder- is exactly as advertised, with no more nor less than what was seen in previews. Almost every Digimon available in the game could be seen at some point in a trailer, magazine promotion, or preview screenshot.
Regardless of how it may compare to past games, 64,000 is solid and hardly dangerous for an opening week. Cyber Sleuth's domestic performance was exceptional, going through 91% of its first shipment. Not every game is going to do so miraculously in the market, and there's nothing wrong with average sales. An important point with regard to the game's absolute profit is that Media Create cannot track digital sales, which means that -next 0rder- is selling slightly more than what these numbers say up front.